Founders Paul & Liz lived in Zimbabwe for 8 amazing years. During that time, they met a Zambian-Canadian Ecopreneur named Dan that wanted to help one of the least developed areas of Africa. A vast remote forest in northwest Zambia, one of the last pristine forests of Africa that was steadily being deforested. The people that lived there were some of the poorest in the world. Dan had an idea… Forest beekeeping.
Honey from wild African bees, sustainably reared in traditionally made hives from renewable forest resources; hollow logs & sustainably harvested bark. They produced forest or ‘bush’ honey. Renowned throughout the continent as the healthiest and delicious of any food… forest honey, made from honeydew. Rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids and minerals, honeydew is a nectar only produced in forests… and it makes delicious honey.
Dan started with a few dozen beekeepers. A few years later he had a few hundred. Today they have nearly 10,000 and have the largest organic honey project in Africa. That project inspired hundreds of other honey projects throughout Africa… with hundreds of thousands of beekeepers… but most people have never heard of African forest honey.
But forest honey isn’t just African… It comes from all of the great forests of the world. Many of these forests are under intense pressure… Deforestation is rampant due to mining, commercial agriculture and logging. The frequently marginalized, local people do not have alternative income sources to combat this. Thanks to Dan and dozens of other forest honey initiatives… there is an opportunity for an alternative to deforestation and help combat climate change… forest beekeeping.
Realizing that this amazing honey was virtually unknown in the world, we were motivated to tell that story and introduce this astonishingly delicious, healthy, raw, wild, sustainably harvested honey to the world. Forest honey has significant antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties along with rich and robust, exotic flavours. There is no other honey like it in the world.
Our brand, African Bronze Honey is the product and our company, 10,000 Beekeepers tells the story… how one person can inspire tens of thousands to create sustainable income while protecting and improving the vast wilderness and forest areas of Africa.
We pack a very big story into every little bottle…